Chinese Domain Name Registration Game

I received the following email today from a Chinese “entrepreneur”.

The email is a rather exaggerated attempt at selling Chinese domain name registrations via the 87Global.hk web site.

The email sender’s reply address @ “Registry-China.org” redirects to 87Global.hk – a domain which in turn was registered by “Wang Yugen”.

87Global.hk

87Global.hk

Both the above domains have been registered and online less than three months…

The domain “registrar” site does provide legitimate lists of Asian Pacific and European domains.

Asia Pacific Domains

Asia Pacific Domains

Asia Pacific Domain Extensions

European Domains

European Domains

European Domain Extensions

The site also has a form for registering the following extensions including .Com.Cn domains albeit – at unbelievably high prices.

The .Com.Cn domain is an interesting extension. I am not sure how it came about, but Google already finds about 524,000,000 pages with “com.cn” in them.

.com.cn

.com.cn

I am sure if I did some digging, I would find that both site’s have content that was either – in whole or in part – copied and pasted directly from known and reputable registrar sites.

What I am not sure of is whether anyone has ever registered a domain successfully through either one of the two domains mentioned above.

The aforementioned email:
_____________________________________________________________________________
(If you are NOT the CEO, please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks.)

Dear CEO,

We are the department of registration service in China. we have something need to confirm with you. We formally received an application on October 17th, 2008, One company which self-styled “POI Soft, Inc.” are applying to register “marketingprinciples” as internet brand and CN domain names as below:

marketingprinciples.asia
marketingprinciples.cn
marketingprinciples.com.cn
marketingprinciples.com.tw
marketingprinciples.hk
marketingprinciples.in
marketingprinciples.net.cn
marketingprinciples.org.cn
marketingprinciples.tw

After our initial examination, we found that the internet brand applied for registration are as same as your company’s name and trademark. These days we are dealing with it. hope to get the affirmation from your company. If your company and this “POI Soft, Inc.” as the same company, there is no need reply to us, We will accept their application and will register those for them immediately.

If your company has no relationships with that company nor do not authorized, please reply to us within 7 workdays, if we can’t get any information from yours over 7 workdays,we will unconditionally approve the application submitted by “POI Soft, Inc.” .

Thanks for your cooperation.

Best Regards,
Xx Yy

____________________________________________________________________________

If you have an interest in registering your brand or brands in foreign markets and instead of risking domain registration with an unknown registrar, visit Internic to find an accredited registrar for the country and language you plan to register in.

Incidentally, none of the above Chinese “registrars” are listed on Internic’s page of accredited registrars.

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3 Responses to “Chinese Domain Name Registration Game”

  1. againstspam Says:

    I received the same message today, but it referenced my own domain. It appears to be fishing for information since it asks me to reply to confirm or deny if my domain is associated with Mceio Holding.

    Thanks for providing this information. This was the only reference to this message and it was helpful to confirm my suspicions.

    ————————————

    Dear CEO,
    We are the department of registration service in China. we have something need to confirm with you. We formally received an application on October 19th, 2008, One company which self-styled “Mceio Holdings, Inc.” are applying to register “oakleafs” as internet brand and CN domain names as below :
    oakleafs.asia
    oakleafs.cn
    oakleafs.com.cn
    oakleafs.com.hk
    oakleafs.com.tw
    oakleafs.hk
    oakleafs.net.cn
    oakleafs.org.cn
    oakleafs.tw
    After our initial examination, we found that the internet brand applied for registration are as same as your company’s name and trademark. These days we are dealing with it, hope to get the affirmation from your company. If your company and this”Mceio Holdings, Inc”as the same company,there is no need reply to us,We will accept their application and will register those for them immediately.
    If your company has no relationships with that company nor do not authorized,please reply to us within 7 workdays,if we can’t get any information from yours over 7 workdays,we will unconditionally approve the application submitted by “Mceio Holdings, Inc.
    Thanks for your cooperation.

    Best Regards,

    ——————————————————————————–

    Henry Wang
    Senior Consultant
    ( Tel: +0085-2-3178-1989 ( Fax: +0085-2-3175-8227
    Website: http://www.registry-china.org
    Address:5/F,Max share Centre,373 King’s Road North Point, Hongkong

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